Diocesan Council began its December 4 meeting with a brief orientation of new members and a time for continuing members to offer their wisdom and experience. The finance committee presented the 3rd quarter financial reports and status of the diocesan funds, which is stable. They expressed their gratitude to the congregations of the diocese for staying current with assessments. Council members participated in a written visioning exercise for the diocese in 2022, and Council’s role in leading this work. With the guidance of the Grants Committee, the Council deliberated the requests for New Initiative Grants and Domestic and International Poverty Grants. Funds were designated for Trinity, Portland; St. Luke’s, Portland; St. Philip’s, Wiscasset; Haiti (schoolteacher health support); the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem; and Episcopal Relief and Development. Bishop and staff reported on their work over the past quarter. The Rev. Cn. Michael Ambler, Canon to the Ordinary, shared plans for his upcoming sabbatical. Council met briefly in Executive Session, the adjourned with prayer. The Executive Committee met on December 16 to set the meeting schedule and make committee assignments.
What is Diocesan Council?
Diocesan Council is a decision-making body of the Diocese of Maine that is comprised of two elected members from each of the diocesan Areas*. The Bishop, who presides, is also a voting member. The Bishop may also appoint up to four at-large members to help make it a more respresentative body. The Chair of the Diocesan Council Finance Committee is also a full member.
*At their meeting on September 11, 2021, Diocesan Council voted to adopt the new proposed area structure by the Task Force formed and charged to "examine the current Area structure and make recommendations to Diocesan Council for updates and adaptations to the current configuration". Click here to view a map and list of the changed areas and here to view an alphabetically list of congregations displaying the new associated (yet unnamed; stay tuned!) area.
What does it do and how often does it do it?
Since the most representative expression of the Diocese of Maine meets only once a year at Diocesan Convention to make decisions about elected offices, the annual budget and resolutions, Diocesan Council serves as "the convention between conventions." It generally meets four times a year. At its September meeting, the Council considers and approves a draft budget for the upcoming year for Convention to consider in October. It may also form task force and study groups to do the work of the Diocese. It makes mid-year budget adjustments, and evaluates proposals for new ministry initiatives.
September 17, 2022
December 9-10, 2022